We’re being bombarded with messages to “lower expectations” in regard to the Keystone XL Pipeline. Even on Rachel Maddow last night, a guest confirmed that indications are everywhere (even insiders) that Obama will approve Keystone — despite the fact that there is NO GOOD REASON why he should. (Please see my earlier posts on Keystone; links below.)
Weak-kneed, “dial-testing”-dependent (?) Obama seems to be bargaining with his wealthy donors (like Tom Steyer) who are up-in-arms against Keystone. He’s offering a new climate policy, to sidestep a tea-bagger-poisoned Congress, as early as next week to placate — and chill them out — because he’s gonna approve Keystone, like the fossil-fuel bitch he is — again for NO GOOD REASON.
Emboldened by this stunning (and absolutely depressing) possibility, TransCanada is becoming more brazen and reckless in its actions. The CEO had the balls to say that this approval process was already “taking longer than it should.” YET British Columbia just rejected the same sort of Keystone-like pipeline for the same sort of tar sands bitumen across ITS borders. (So why should the US approve it?!)
But now it gets even worse — TransCanada’s cock-sure conviction of Obama’s approval is leading them to just throw it back into our collective American face. Reports are out that TransCanada has NO plans to utilize cutting-edge spill detection for Keystone. It just won’t.
- Though the so-called external leak detection tools have been recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline, the Calgary-based company says they’re impractical for the entire project.
This lack of spill technology would lead to millions of gallons of spillage BEFORE there’s even any awareness that a spill’s even happening:
- Keystone XL would have to be spilling more than 12,000 barrels a day — or 1.5 percent of its 830,000 barrel capacity — before it’s currently planned internal spill-detection systems would trigger an alarm, according to the U.S. State Department, which is reviewing the proposal.
Because the Alberta Tar Sands holds TWICE the amount of carbon that has EVER been belched into the sky since the Industrial Revolution, Keystone’s approval means development of the tar sands is given a full green light forward, at least on a practical level; the infrastructure will be in place for futher mining should the technology advance to ever get to all of this carbon. As such, Keystone means “game over” for efforts to stall global warming, according to climate activist Bill McKibben.
Personally, I have pledged to risk arrest participating in organized protests and acts of civil disobedience in defiance of Keystone approval, especially now that TransCanada is just throwing it in our faces.
Related articles from me on Keystone:
- State Department’s Keystone EIR Drafted by…Keystone!https://gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/state-departments-keystone-environmental-report-drafted-by-keystone/
- Obama’s Bargain: New Climate Change Policy for Pipeline Approval: https://gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/obamas-bargain-new-climate-change-policy-for-keystone-pipeline-approval/
- Reuters Debunks Keystone Pipline Myth That Tar Sands Will be Developed Anyway https://gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/04/18/reuters-debunks-keystone-xl-pipeline-myth-that-tar-sands-will-be-developed-anyway/
- The Shape of Things To Come?: A Keystone-Like Pipeline Spill in Arkansas https://gettingonmysoapbox.wordpress.com/2013/04/01/the-shape-of-things-to-come-a-keystone-xl-pipeline-like-spill-in-arkansas/
- A Catastrophe For Keystone? (dish.andrewsullivan.com)